Planning in NSW is predominantly governed by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation).
Byron Shire Council aims to protect and enhance the natural and built environment of the Shire, whilst meeting the needs of existing and future generations, by managing development using Local and State Government legislation and Council’s own strategies and policies. Council’s policies seek to ensure that development complements, retains and reinforces Byron Shire’s sense of place and identity. At the local level, these primarily include the:
- Byron Shire Local Environmental Plan 2014 and 1988 (LEP), and
- Byron Shire development control plans (DCPs).
State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) deal with matters of State or regional environmental planning significance. The full text of SEPPs is available on the NSW Legislation Website.
Council must balance the planning controls, along with community expectations when assessing development applications to ensure the best possible outcome.